Virtual book club - The Tyranny of Merit

Posted by Sandra Borden for Study of Ethics in Society


Charlie Kurth, associate professor of philosophy, will be leading discussions on political philosopher Michael Sandel’s award-winning The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? as part of a book club series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Why do we think that merit—in, say, college admissions or hiring—is important? Is it? Does our focus on (or, perhaps better, obsession with) merit work to enhance or corrupt our civic bonds and social institutions? If we think merit plays too big a role in our lives, what other options do we have? Participants will explore these questions in this timely work on justice and inequality from the instructor of Harvard’s famous online “Justice” course.

Virtual discussions will take place on WebEx. Register to receive the link. First 11 sign-ups receive a free book, courtesy of series partner Humanities for Everybody.

Date: Monday, Sep. 20 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm Monday, Sep. 27 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm Monday, Oct. 04 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm Monday, Oct. 11 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Webex
Kalamazoo MI 49008 US
Contact: Sandra L Borden
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